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Vol.7ISSUE3BissBeadsStudiDrawingabeadnsuccessJnamacorchardFafunlincnHighway100yearsfadventurePremiumBeverageInc.EnergeticEnterpriseStandingStrongWithYouSince1901 TheVillageCourtyardRestaurantSUCCESSWherethecustomersgorgeonChickenGeorgeFEATURING...16CONTENTS 122024555BethanyRoaddeKalBIl601152013ResouRceBank5PamelaRockwoodDISTINCTIONAnadministratorwithvision8IllinoisLincolnHighwayCoalitionLEGACYRoadTrip12PremiumBeverageInc.ENTREPRENEURWhiplashhh20JonamacOrchardDESTINATIONFulloffun4PresidentsDeskLETTER24AllisonJohnsonARTIST27LocalEventsCALENDAR28OneAutumnDayAutumnContents8 4RichardJ.KatzPresidentResourceBankN.A.FromtheDeskofthePresidentPRESIDENTDearFriendsandNeighborsFallisalwaysanactivetimeforfamiliesandtheResourceBankfamilyisnodifferent.AsstudentsreturntoNIUandKishwaukeeCollegeourAnnieGliddenBethanyandMaltalocationsseeaninuxofnewfaces.ThenewschoolyearbringsnewneedsandstudentsfacultyandstaffwillndtheResourceteamreadytohelpwithbankinginsuranceandtrustservices.WithbranchessituatedthroughoutourdynamiccountyitsfairtosaythatResourceBankenjoysanextendedfamilythatislargerthanmostandstillgrowing.Neverthelesswetakethetimetounderstandthedifferentpersonalitiesofeachcommunityweserve.Oneofthegreatjoysinourbusinessistheopportunitytosupporttheuniqueidentitiesofthetownsinwhichwedobusinessthroughcommunityprojectsspecialeventsandpreservationinitiatives.Wetreasurethediversityinourfamilyandalwayslookforwaystomaintainit.Foronefamilyproledinthisissuefallisundoubtedlythebusiestseasonoftheyear.TheMcArtorfamilyownersofJonamacOrchardinMaltawilldonearlyalloftheirbusinessfortheyearbetweenmid-AugustandThanksgiving.Wehopeyoulltakeadvantageofthefamilyfuntheypackintojustafewshortweeks.TheBallardfamilyownersofPremiumBeverageInc.isontracktodominateagoodportionoftheenergy-drinkbusinessintheMidwestwithitsWhiplashhhproduct.Theirenthusiasmaboutthedrinkmakesusprettysuretheyaredippingintotheirownstockandtheirsuccessmightmakeyouwanttohavewhatevertheyredrinking.Since1982theAndersonFamilyofSomonaukhasbeenturningouthomecookingfromtheVillageCourtyardRestaurantandstoppingbyforanorderoftheirspecialtyChickenGeorgehasbecomeafamilytraditionforresidentsallacrossourcountyandbeyond.BesureandputavisittotheVillageCourtyardonyourfallschedule.Enjoytheseandseveralothergreatstoriesinourautumnissue.AnddontforgettopurchaseyourticketsatoneofourbranchesfortheClassicsClubquiltdrawinginDecember.ThisyeartheproceedsfromthedrawingwillgotosupporttheOpenDoorRehabilitationCenterinSandwichanorganizationthatsupportsindividualsandfamiliesinwaysthataretrulymeaningful.Happyfallfromourfamilytoyours.Sincerely 55DISTINCTIONNaturallightstreamsthroughIndianCreekHighSchoolsbigwindows.ThebuildingfeaturesanewroofandalargegymnasiumwithanewoorandnewbleachersallfundedbytheIndianCreekSchoolDistrictsreservefund.Dr.PamelaRockwoodtheDistrictSuperintendentknowsthatsuchareserveisrareandshehasworkedhardtomanagetheresourcewisely.HoweverthemostimportantresourcesRockwoodoverseesmaybeherownunboundedpassionforeducationandherceaselessenergyindoingwhatsbestforherstudents.Dr.PamelaRockwoodItsallaboutthestudentsAboveDr.PamelaRockwoodSuperintendentIndianCreekSchoolDistrict. DISTINCTION6RockwoodwasraisedinthetinytownofJanesvilleIowa.Whenshewasyoungshespentalotoftimewithhergrandmotheracountryschoolteacher.Mygrandmotherreallyinstilledinmetheloveoflearningandtheloveofreadingshenotes.WithabachelorsdegreeinFrenchamastersinInstructionalDesignandTechnologyandaPh.D.inEducationalLeadershipandPolicyStudiesRockwoodhasgainedexperienceineverythingfromteachingK12FrenchandSpanishtocurriculumdesigntosuperintendentpositionsbothintheChicagosuburbsandIndianCreek.ItwasherdissatisfactionwithschoolnancinginparticularthatoriginallyledRockwoodtopursuethesuperintendentsendorsement.Sheexplainsthatmostschoolsautomaticallyaddthreeorfourpercenttotheircurrentbudgetwhichsometimesleavesthemscramblingtospendextramoneytojustifytheincrease.IthoughtthatwasagamesaysRockwood.IhadbeenanadministratorforawhileandIthoughttomyselfTherearethingsIwoulddodifferentlyifIwereasuperintendent.Soshereturnedtoschoolgainedhersuperintendentendorsementandgottowork.Sheandherdistrictnowuseasystemcalledzero-basedbudgeting.EveryyearwestartoversaysRockwood.WeaskteachersfortheirneedsandIandtheboarddoourbesttoensurethatthoseneedsaremet.Amonghermorerecentaccomplishmentshasbeenamajorinitiativetogetmoretechnologicalinstructionintotheclassroom.Inadditiontoincreasedteachertraininginthetechnologyoftheirchoicesheissuedachallengetotheprincipalsduringthepastschoolyear.Itoldtheprincipalsthatiftheywereabletosave500perteacherforhalfoftheteachersintheirbuildingsthedistrictwoulddoitsbesttomatchthesesavingsinadditionaldollars.Alsothedistrictwouldprovidetheschoolswiththecomputingdeviceoftheirchoiceforclassroomcheckout.Theprincipalsandteachersrosetothatchallengewithincredibleresults.Eachschoolresearchedwhattechnologywouldbemostbenecialtotheirinstruction.IntheelementaryschoolsnextyeareachteacherandMygrandmotherinstilledinmetheloveoflearning. DISTINCTION7principalwillreceiveaniPadandtheschoolswilleachgetachargingcartwith27iPadsforclassroomuse.InthemiddleandhighschoolstheteacherschoselaptopswithMicrosoftOfcelicensesaswellasachargingcart.Anotherexcitingprojectsheisspearheadinggrewoutofastatemandatetopromotehealthylifestylechoicessuchasself-respectandrespectforothersbullyingawarenessandsuicideprevention.WetookalookatourcurriculumwithourteachersshenotesAndwesaidHerearethestandardshereiswhatissupposedtobehappeningatthedifferentgradelevelsbutarewereallydoingitInsomeplaceswewereduplicatingeffortsandinsomeplaceswewerentaddressingtheissuesatall.Sowealignedtheseareasandguredoutwhereweneededtoimprove.ItwasduringavacationthatRockwoodcameupwithanideaforcommunicatingthesecrucialconceptsthroughouttheschoolandbeyond.IwenttoNewOrleansandIsawsomethingsthatIreallydidntlikeintermsofthewaypeopleweretreatingeachother.TherewerehomelesspeopleonthestreetsandIwasseeingdisrespectandbullying.Soshecamehomereachedouttoaprofessionalcontactwhoworkedinvideographyandbeganplanning.TheresultwasasetoffourDVDswithseparatetracksforelementary-schoolmiddle-schoolandhigh-schoolstudentsaswellasteachersandparents.Rockwoodwrotethescriptsandlocalstudentsacted.RockwoodnotesTheelementary-schoolvideoonsuicidepreventionisachildrensstorythatIwroteinDr.Seussfashion.ItsaboutCharmainetheSheepwhoissosadanddepressedthatshejustdoesntwanttoeatanymore.SheilaSheldonandSherwoodtheothersheepcomeoverandtalktohersayingWellhelpyouChar.Itreallyturnedoutcoolandwereusingananimationprogramwithstuffedanimalsforthevideo.ThevideopremierisscheduledforsometimeinSeptemberorOctoberandwiththesupportofResourceBankandtheDeKalbCountyCommunityFoundationall50schoolsinDeKalbCountywillgetasetofDVDsfortheirprofessionaltraining.AddsRockwoodTheDeKalbCountycommunitypulledtogetherforthis.IneedtothankResourceBankandtheDeKalbCountyCommunityFoundationandeveryoneinthecommunitywhohelped.MyfriendatBarnesWestProductionswhodonatedgoodsandservicestoldmeThisisanexpensiveprojectbutitsagoodprojectbecauseitsforkids.AndthatsaysRockwoodIswhatitsallaboutthekids. 8LEGACY8Eveninthesedaysofinstantcommunicationandcross-countryplanetripsofcrazyschedulesandhecticlivespeoplearestilldrawntothegreatAmericanpastimeofroadtravel.ItmaytakelongertogettoonesdestinationbutdrivingtheopenroadandexperiencingalltherichnessofAmericanhistoryandlandscapestillappealstomany.ForthemembersoftheIllinoisLincolnHighwayCoalitionthisdrawisntsurprising.HistoryandheritagehavealwaysbeenreasonspeopletraveledsaysBonnieHeimbachtheCoalitionsProjectDirector.PeoplelovetheculturetheylovetheheritageandtheywanttoknowaboutthesesitesalongtheLincolnHighway.Theywanttoknowtheirhistory.PreservinganddrawingattentiontothathistoryiswhattheIllinoisLincolnHighwayCoalitionisallaboutandtheIllinoissectionoftheLincolnHighwayisrichinsometimesinterestingsometimeshumorousandoftensignicantstories.Inthenot-too-distantpastthetownsofnorthernIllinoiswereconnectedbylittlemorethandirtroads.Thenin1912CarlFisherconceivedtheideafortheLincolnHighway.SaysBonnieHewantedtocreateanetworkofgoodroadshard-packedsurfacesthatwouldgocoast-to-coast.Theneedforgoodroadswasbecomingincreasinglyevidentasmoreandmorepeopleweregettingcarsandtruckstosupportcommercebetweentownsandalsotoallowtheaveragepersontotravel.Fishergatheredagroupoflike-mindedindividualsandonJuly11913theyheldtheirrstmeeting.Theyrecognizedthatwithnogovernmentinterestinroadstheirmainobstaclewasgoingtobenancial.TheyrealizedtherewasnomoneytopayforthepavingexplainsBonniesotheyworkedwithtownsaskingiftheywouldbewillingtohavetheLincolnHighwaycomethroughtheircommunities.ThisiswhyifyoulookattheroadmapfromEasttoWesttheLincolnHighwayisdenitelynotalinearroad.IfallofasuddenAuroraIllinoissaidPickmepickmethentheroadmightjognorthandthenitmightgowest.Itwasntdesignedthewayaroadengineerwoulddoittoday.IneachtownthatagreedtobepartoftheprogramthecitizenshadtodesignateanexistingroadwayasLincolnHighway.Theyhadtopavetheroadandalsoagreetopavealittlestretchbeyondthelimitsoftheirtown.Thatwaylittlebitsandpieceswouldeventuallygetpaved.SoonthenationcaughtLincolnHighwayFever.TherewasaLincolnHighwayradioshownotesBonniewherestarswouldpromotetheirnewmovieandalsoreadanexcerptfromsomebodysaccountoftravelingthehighway.OthercelebritieswouldhirespeedracerstoMr.CarlFisheroriginatoroftheLincolnHighwayProject.LincolnHighwaypaintedsignbyStevenPeterson. 9LEGACY9seehowfasttheycoulddrivefromcoast-to-coast.TwosistersAugustaandAdelineVanBurenmadethenationsrstcross-continentalfemalemotorcycletriptoprovethatwomencouldbecouriersintheupcomingwareffort.EvenEmilyPostfamedforherrulesofetiquetterougheditontheLincolnHighwayatleastforawhile.SaysBonnieShewascommissionedtotravelthehighwayandrecordherexploitsforColliersWeekly.UnfortunatelyshegotstuckinthespringmudwehaveinIllinoisandendedupstayinginRochelleforvedays.HoweverthetownspeopleendearedthemselvestohersomuchthattokeepupappearancessheactuallygotinhercarwavedgoodbyedroveaboutvemilesdowntheroadcaughtthetrainandthentraineditallthewaytoCaliforniastillwritingherexcerptsofLincolnHighwaytravel.TheyusedthesewonderfulstoriestogainrecognitionnotesBonnieandtogetpeopletobuyintothisconcepttheystartedamembershipprogram.Oneoftheirmostsuccessfuleffortswasactuallyaseriesofseedlingmilesscatteredacrossthestate.Theyconvincedpeopletogooutandpaveonemileinthemiddleofnowherepristineperfectconcretetenfeetwide.Youcoulddriveoutthereandseewhatitcouldbelikewhattheywereaimingfor.Maltapavedtheveryrstseedlingmileinthestatein1914paidforentirelywithdonations.PerhapsthemostfamouspersontotraveltheLincolnHighwaywasalsotheverypersonresponsibleforitseventualobsolescence.In1919inpreparationforWorldWarItheArmycommissioneda250-mancaravantotravelcross-continentandtesttheroadworthinessoftheirvehicles.AmongthemwasayoungLieutenantColonelDwightDavidEisenhower.AftertravelingthehighwayandthenseeingroadconditionsinEuropeEisenhowerenteredhispresidencyevenmoreconvincedoftheneedfortheInterstateHighwaySystemwhichbecameoneofhiscrowningachievements.Inthelate1920stheLincolnHighwayheydayhadbeguntosettledownbuttheimportantworkofraisingawarenesshadbeendone.BonnierecognizesthattheLincolnHighwayservedasmoreofanimpetustoabettersystemthanasanalsolution.Weretheexampleofthebadthatwasnecessarytogettothegood.EisenhowerisquotedseveraltimesassayingthatherememberedhisjourneyonLincolnHighwayandthevisionitspurred.TodaytheIllinoisLincolnHighwayCoalitionsgoalistoteachthosetravelingthe179-milestretchofIllinoisMaltaprovidedthefirstseedlingmilefortheIllinoisstretchofLincolnHighway.Itwasjust10feetwide.RoadworkMaltacirca1920 10LEGACY10Everymileisastory.highwayabouttheimportantpartinhistorythosemilesplayed.Ofall13statesthattheLincolnHighwaywindsthroughIllinoisistheonlystatewherethehighwayisdesignatedasaNationalScenicByway.TheCoalitionprovidesavisitorsguidetothoseinterestedinlearningabouttheLincolnHighwayshistoryanditalsomaintainsawebsitefullofhighwayinformationhistoryandlore.ThemostnotableandambitiousplanoftheCoalitionhoweverhasbeenitsinterpretivemuralandgazeboproject.BonniesaysthattheinspirationfortheprojectcamefromtheCoalitionsdesiretodosomethinginterpretive.Wedidntjustwanttodothestandardsignonthesideofthehighwaysowecameupwiththeideaofcreatingastructureinapark-likesettingsomeplacethatwouldactuallygetpeopleoffthehighwaytolookatsomethingsotheycouldstepbackintime.Gazeboswereverypopularatthetimethehighwaywasestablished.Peoplewouldhaveconcertsinthemandtheywereoftendowntown.BonnienotesEachofourgazeboshasfourpanels.Therstpaneliscommontoeveryoneofthegazebositgivesyouamapofwhereyouareinrelationtowherethehighwayrunsandalsoalittlebitofhighwayhistory.Theotherthreepanelsfocusonthreeseparatestoriesofthehighway.Wedotwonationalstoriesandifwecanndalocalstoryweincludeit.SusanHronikthegroupsProgramDirectoristheoneresponsiblefordiggingupthestoriesthatbecomeimmortalizedonthepanelsofthegazebosandinthemurals.ForSuehistoricalaccuracyisakeycomponentofbringingtheseprojectstolife.Ihaveacoupleofcontactswhoareexperts.Onegentlemancollectshistoricalpostcardsfromallover.IvespentalotoftimeintheJoinerHistoryRoomintheSycamorePublicLibrary.SueandBonniehaveevenissuedpressreleasesandputadvertisementsinlocalnewspapersseekingphotographsofspeciccommunitylandmarksbuildingsthatmaynolongerexistdancesandconcertsthatmayhaveoccurredinconjunctionwiththehighwayorothereventsthatwereimportanttothelocalhistory.SomeofthetownsproveeasySuesays.MapleParkhadoneoftherstgasstationsonthehighwayandtheyactuallyhadphotographsofthatgasstationintheirhistoricalarchives.Othertownspresentachallenge.DixonforexamplehadbeenoneoftheplacesthattheArmysconvoyhadstoppedoff.Asitdidinothertownstheeventpromptedquiteacelebration.Thenewspaper 11LEGACY11ranafullfront-pagestoryofthedayincludingdetaileddescriptionsofwhowastherewhatthespeecheswerelikeandwherevariouseventswereheld.Butthecoverageincludednotasinglephotograph.SoSueworkedlatenightswithherartistusingthepoeticnewspaperdescriptionandwhatphotographsshehadoftheconvoyfromothertownstopiecetogetherthepicturethatthenewspaperneverhad.Suebelievesthatthemuralsandgazebosprovideamuch-neededlinkbetweentownsandtheirlocalhistories.Ourprojectshavegiventhesecommunitiessomethingtobeproudofsheadds.InadditionSueandBonniesaythemuralsandgazebosprojecthasshownthecommunitiesthatliealongthisimportantstretchoftheHighwayhowtheirtownsconnecttothelargernationalhistory.WiththisprojectcomingtoacloseandthenalmuralsandgazebosbeinginstalledSueandBonnieenvisionexcitingnewtasksfortheIllinoisLincolnHighwayCoalition.SuenotesWeregettingreadytodoacrosspointstudywithspecicexhibitsinspeciccitieswhichwillpinpointtheHighwaysconnectiontoothermajorroadwaysandlandmarks.BonnieaddsLincolnHighwayisuniqueinthatitcrossesRoute66twicebothinJolietandinPlaineld.ThesamemanwhocreatedtheLincolnHighwaygoingEastandWestcreatedtheDixieHighwaygoingNorthandSouthandthetwocrossinChicagoHeights.WecrosstheSaukTrailoneofthetrailstheNativeAmericansusedfortravel.Wehaveallthesespotswherehistoriesthatarentnecessarilysimilaralignandconnectsonowweregoingthroughandtryingtorecognizethesignicanceofthoseintersectionsandhowbesttointerpretthemforvisitors.AnotherexcitingdevelopmentfortheCoalitionisthat2013marksthe100-yearanniversaryoftheLincolnHighway.TocommemoratethishistoricalgemtheJonamacOrchardinMaltaoneofthetownslyingontheHighwayhasdesignedandbuiltitsannualCornMazearoundthe100thanniversary.BonnienotesJonamachasbeenhighlightedonthehighwaytourforyearsandwearehonoredtobechosenasthethemefor2013.Theyalwayslookforsomethingtimelytotieinwhentheydesigntheircornmazeandthe100thanniversarywasanatural.BonniesaysthattheCoalitionlikestousethetaglineEverymileisastory.FromspeedracerstomoviestarsandfromgasstationsinMapleParktotheArmyConvoyinDixontheLincolnHighwayhasindeedseenitsshareofstories.Maythe179-milestretchofIllinoisLincolnHighwaysee100moreyearsofsuchtales.Formoreinformationabouteventssurroundingthe100thAnniversaryofLincolnHighwaygotodrivelincolnhighway.comorcall866-455-4249.BonnieHeimbachandSusanHronikatthegazeboexhibitinDeKalb. 12entrepreneur12OneoftheBallardsinnovationswastoofferWhiplashhhinabag-in-a-boxpackageforusewithbardispensers. 13entrepreneur13ForJerryBallardhisbrotherSteveandhiswifeKatybusinessisfamilyandnotjustbecausetheyarePremiumBeverageIncorporatedsonlyemployees.Wedontjustlookatthecustomerasanumberonaledgerasanameasadeliverypoint.WelookatthatcustomerasfamilysaysJerry.Soitsgottoworkforthemforittoworkforus.TheyarejustanextensionofthePremiumBeveragefamily.JerryandStevelearnedtheimportanceofexcellentcustomerservicefromover40yearsofcombinedexperienceatHerbBottlingGroupaprivatelyheldcompanythatbottledforCoca-Cola.ButwhenHerbBottlingwassoldtoCoca-ColaEnterprisesin2001Jerrysawthatthebusinessmodelwasabouttochange.Itjustwasntthesamegoingfromafamily-ownedbusinesstoapubliclyheldcompany.WithHerbIwasfollowinganaturallineofprogressupthecompanyladder.NowIwasjustacoginaverybigmachine.DissatisedwiththechangeinthecompanyclimateJerrybegandoinghishomework.HeboughtaninterestinasmallsyrupcompanyinCaliforniaandbeganexperimentingwithanewformula.EnergydrinkswerealogicalchoicesaysSteve.Weknewthattheenergydrinkbusinesswasarelativelyyoungmarketatthetime.Therewereonlyafewandtherewerejusttwoorthreethatwereinthebag-in-a-boxpackagingatthattimeforthebargun.ThebrothersknewthatthepopularRedBulltastewaswhatcustomerswantedbuttheythoughttheycouldimprovethetastewiththehelpofconsumerfeedback.WegotridoftheharshmedicinalaftertastesaysJerry.IttookthemninemonthstondtheformulationtheythoughtwouldhavestayingpowerbutoncetheyhaditJerryleftCoca-ColaandfoundedPremiumBeverageInc.ItwasamajordecisionsaysJerryButinmyheartIknewIcoulddoitbecauseIknewIhadbeentrainedrightatHerbBottlingGroup.Heknewhecouldgivethecustomerwhattheywerentgettinganymorefromanyoftheotherbigbottlingcompaniesqualityservice.WhileJerryranPremiumBeverageSteveremainedatCoca-Colafull-timebutalsohelpedhisbrothergrowthebusinesswithnewcustomers.Jerryfoundthisanextremelynerve-wrackingtimeasheworriedabouthisbrothersdualrolebeingfoundout.JokesSteveIworeamasksometimesdifferentshirtsyouknow.Thebag-in-a-boxenergydrinksoldwellbutwhattocallitremainedaproblem.JerrySteveandKatyalllaughatthememoryofnamingtheirnewdrink.Jerryrecallsthatin2004whenhestartedPremiumBeverageitseemedasifahundredenergydrinksenteredthemarketeverydayandallwereattemptingtogothroughthebrutalprocessoftrademarkregistration.TherstnamethatJerrylandedonwasExtremeRushhh.Helikeditandagainsttheadviceofhispatentattorneypackagedandsoldthenewproductunderthatnameforayearandahalf.MyattorneykepttellingmeForgetitdontdoitabandonitSomebodywasboundtoopposeitbecausetherewasalsoaRushEnergyDrink.ButImItalianandGerman.Imvery...bullheadedFinallyhowevertheattorneywasprovedright.Jerryreceivedaceaseanddesistletterinthemail.Inthemeantimehehadbecomeawareofanewname.IfoundthroughallthesearchingIwasdoingthroughtheUnitedStatesPatentOfcethatWhiplashwasprobablyavailable. 14entrepreneur14www.whiplashhhenergydrink.comTherewasaguyoutinNewEnglandwhohadbeendoingitwithonehbutheabandoneditbecauseoflackofusesoIaskedmyattorneyWhatdoyouthinkaboutthisHesaidThatisagoodone.Youllprobablygetit.SoJerryandSteverenamedtheirproduct.Thecompanyvanhoweverneededamakeover.OurvanwasalldecaledatthetimewithExtremeRushhhwiththreehsremembersSteve.ThebrotherstriedplacingWhiplashoverthename.IdidntwanttohavetoremovemydecalsandWhiplashhhwiththreehstrightintheresaysJerry.Itwouldvebeendifculttogetridoftheotherhsthewaytheyblendinwithourgraphics.Sothatshowthenamehappened.FromtheverybeginningtheBallardbrothersfocusedonserviceandanearlychancetoprovethemselvescamefromoneoftheirnewcustomersaChicago-basedchainofsportsbars.RemembersSteveOnenighttheycalledandtheirCoca-Colasystemwasdown.Wevegottheexperiencetoworkonthateventhoughwewerentdoingthefullbeveragelineatthatpointwewerejustdoingenergydrinks.Sowetookadrivedowntherexedtheproblemandgotthembackup.BecausethiswasonaFridaynightCoca-Colawasnotgoingtobethere.Coca-Colasnotgoingtobethereafter7or8oclockatnight.After5oclocktheyrenotgoingtobethere.Butwegotthere.ThenextthingIknewtheownersaidWhatdoyouhaveforcolasImdonewithCoca-Cola.Absolutelydonewiththem.SoIsaidWedohaveafulllineandwehavesomeotherlocationsthathaveit.HesaidHowcloseisthetasteIsaidItsvirtuallyrightthere.OnethingledtoanotherandbeforeyouknowitCoca-Colawasoutinalltheirlocationsandwewerein.WedowhatittakessaysJerry.ForinstanceSundaytwoweeksagoIwasupinWrigleyville.Itwasoneofourfull-lineaccountsandtheirbeverageswereat.Itwasaproblemwiththecarbonator.IwentupthereonaSundayatoneintheafternoonandtookcareofit.Yourenotgoingtogetanotherbeveragecompanythatdoesthat.Welookatourcustomerasfamilyandthatshuge.Itsabsolutelyhuge.InadditiontoexcellentcustomerservicePremiumBeveragehasalsogrownduetochangesinthebeveragedistributionlandscapeinthepastfewyears.RemembersJerryWestarteddoingbusinesswithoneofthelargestMillerdistributorsinthenationsupplyingthemwiththebag-in-a-boxpackage.ThenRedBullNorthAmericamadesomechangesintheirdistributionchannelsinIllinois.SaysJerryTheMillerdistributorsalllosttheopportunitytodistributeRedBull.WellthedistributorwedbeenworkingwithaswellashisgeneralmanageroutinRockfordalreadyknewourproduct.Theyknewhowittasted.Thegeneralmanagerwashavingwhattheycallanall-statemeetingwhichincludedallthecentralIllinoisWesternIllinoisandSouthernIllinoisdistributors.ThiswasaboutaweekortwoweeksaftertheyfoundouttheyweregoingtoloseRedBull.Hehadsomesamplesofourproductincansandhetookthemtothatmeeting.EverybodywaspoppingWhiplashhhcansandsayingOhwow.ThisisbetterthanRedBull.Thisiswhatwewant.Thebigbanksdontreallywanttoworkwithsmallbusinesses.Yourejustsmallnumberstothem.Resourceontheotherhandhasthesamephilosophytowardtheircustomersthatwehavetowardours.WithDaveMarooshelpwestartedwithanSBAloan.Nowthatloanispaidoffandwehavealineofcreditforthecompany.WerelookingatpurchasinganewvehicleandDaveishelpinguswiththat.Itsone-stopshopping.ResourceBanknailsitwithsmallbusiness.Theyabsolutelynailit.KatyBallard 15entrepreneur15LefttorightJerrySteveandKatyBallardtoasttheirsuccesswithacanofWhiplashhhJerrycallsthatmomentagodsend.IcanstillrememberthatFriday.SteveandIwereoutbutKatycallsme.WegotaphonecallfromaMillerdistributorshesays.ThenshecallsagainWegotanotherphonecallfromanotherMillerdistributor.AfterthethirdorfourthcallIsaidJusttaketheirnumbersIllcallthem.Whatarewegoingtodosheasked.Jerrylaughsasheremembersthatconversation.IsaidItsabeautifulproblemtohave.Thosearetheproblemswewant.Wellgureitout.BecauseofthatdistributionopportunityWhiplashhhnowowsthroughouttheCentralIllinoismarketandPremiumBeveragecontinuestogrow.InadditiontotheWhiplashhhcansandbag-in-a-boxformulaaswellasafulllineofcolasandotherbeveragesPremiumBeverageisresearchingnewvitaminwatersandversionsofWhiplashhhthatwouldusepurecanesugarinsteadofcornsyrup.JerrySteveandKatyknowthattheirthree-personbusinessmodelmightsomedaybeinsufcientforthegrowththatthecompanyisexperiencingbutJerryishappywithhowfarPremiumBeveragehascome.WerenevergoingtobeaRedBull.IdontwanttobeaRedBull.Idontwanttobethattopguy.Everybodyschasingyoueverybodysafteryou.Yourealwayslosingbusiness.Yourenotgrowingbusiness.IdratherbegrowingbusinessconstantlybecauseIknowthatanycustomerthatwedonthaveisapotentialnewcustomer.RedBullhasprobablyalreadyhadthem.JerryandStevearealsoadamantthatPremiumBeveragesapproachtobusinesswillneverchange.OurcommitmenttorelationshipsisnevergoingtostopbecausethatsafocalpointforthiscompanysaysJerry.Wewillnevergetawayfromthat.ThatwassomethingthatwasdrilledintomyheadasaHerbemployeewhentheywereaprivatecompany.Itcomesdowntorelationships.Wevegotagreatproductwevegotagreatnamebutitcomesdowntorelationships. SUCCESS16 SUCCESS17WalkingintoTheVillageCourtyardRestaurantinSomonaukisabitlikewalkingintoyourgrandmaskitchen.Itsaplacewheretheownersstillcomeinearlyeverymorningtorollpiecrustsfromscratchwherethekitchenstaffstillwashesandbakesrealpotatoesinsteadofrelyingontheinstantstuffandwherethebartenderknowswhoyouareandismakingyourdrinkbythetimeyoupullupastool.OfcourseithelpsthattheownersofTheVillageCourtyardRestaurantRonAndersonhiswifeJoanandtheirchildrenKyleAndersonKirkAndersonandMarlaAlstadtarealsothekitchenandbarstaffthewaitingstaffthecleaningcrewandthedecoratinghelp.TheVillageCourtyarddatesbackto1982.AtthetimeRonwasamiddle-schoolscienceteacherandalsofarmedhiswifesacreagenorthoftown.HepointstohiswifeJoan.ForsomereasonhechucklesShethoughtshewantedarestaurant.SoRonandJoanstartedlookingarounduntiltheyfoundabuildingorwhatremainedofone.NotesJoanTherewasarestaurantherethathadburneddown.Therewereholesintheroofanditsatlikethatforthreeyearssorainhadgottenin.Sheshudders.TherewasstillaplateintherefrigeratorwithasteakonitthathadbeenleftthereforthreeyearsThefamilymembersallrolleduptheirsleevesandbegantowork.RonandJoanandtheirchildrendidalotofthetearingdowncleaningrenovatinganddecoratingthemselvesalongwithafewfriendsandlocalcarpenters.Intheendtheyturnedthebrickshellintoacharmingsmall-townrestaurantalocallandmarkthatcontinuestoattractvisitorsnotonlyfromSomonaukbutalsoDeKalbNewarkLelandHinckleyMendotaSandwichAuroraandmanyothernearbytowns.Joanshrugshershoulders.Iwantedtohavealittlehamburgerjointformaybeveyears.ItsbeenthirtyPeoplefromalloverchoosetheVillageCourtyardbecauseofthekindofmade-from-scratchcookingyoucanteasilyndthesedays.WecutallourownmeatRonsaysAnditsallreallyreallygoodKyletherestaurantscooknotesthatallofthepiesarestillmadefromscratch.Noneoftheapplescomeoutofacanitsallfreshapplesslicedandbaked.Wewashpeelandmashthepotatoesourselves.Youcanbuyfrozenmashedpotatoesthataresupposedtobegoodthatswhattheyservealmosteverywhereyougo.Theybringussamplesandwetrythem.Theyreokaybutnotasgoodaswhatweoffer.PeoplealsolikeourmeatloafbecausetheyknowitshomemadeaddsKirk.OrbeeftipsandbeefstroganoffwereputtinginletNewYorkstripribeyerealcutsoffofourmeat.WithrealgravyaddsMarla.WealsodoprimeribeverySaturdayaddsKyle.Wehavespecialprimeribovensandweputthebeefinthenightbeforesoitcooksallnightlong.Wheremanyrestaurantsmayhavea50-gallonvatofthedailysoupinthebackalloftheVillageCourtyardssoupsarehomemadeeveryday.Therestaurantalsomakesalloftheirsaladdressingsfromscratch.TheonlythingwedontmakefromscratchanymoreisourapplesaucenotesRon.Weusedtomakeitfrommyapplesbutpeoplejustarentusedtohomemadeapplesauceanddontknowwhattomakeofit.WhenIsawhowmuchofitwasgettingthrownawayIsaidnomore.ItstoomuchworkButthemostpopulardishattheVillageCourtyardthemealthatchildrengrowuponandcravewhentheyreawayatcollegethefooditemthatseemstoappealtoyoungandoldinequalnumbersisthefamousChickenGeorge.PeopleLOVEGeorgelaughsMarla.TheAndersonfamilydiscoveredChickenGeorgeattheCandlelightInninRockFallsIllinoiswhileonvacation.TheownersoftheCandlelightguredthattheVillageCourtyardwasfarenoughawaythatitwouldntposeanycompetitionsotheygavetheAndersonstheirblessingtosellChickenGeorge.Kyleexplainsthedish.Wecutupbonelesschickenbreastandthenhandbatteritdipitanddeepfryeachindividualpiece.WeserveitupwithacoupleofdifferentsaucesourGeorgesauceparticularly.Itsasweetcreamysaucewithkindofayellowishtint.PeopleheregonutsovertheGeorgesauce.Wegothroughseveralgallonsperweek.WevebeenmakingitsincewevebeenheresaysKirk.EverybodysaysDontgivemethesweet-and-sourjustthrowanextraGeorgesauceontheplateInadditiontosellingChickenGeorgeattherestauranttheAndersonsalsosellitattheSandwichfairontheirGatorWagon. 18SUCCESS18Regularcustomersarethemainstayofthisrestaurant.TheVillageCourtyardFamilyLefttoRightKyleRonMarlaJoanKirk.SaysKyleWhenwerststartedatthefairtheGatorWagonwasprettymuchaCajunthingbutnowwevebroughtinafewofourownitems.Therstyeartheydidntwantussellingchickenbecausesomanyotherpeopleweresellingchicken.InfacthelaughsTherewasaGeorgewhosoldchickensotheythoughtitwouldbeconfusingifwesoldChickenGeorgeRonandKylebothagreethatthemenuisunlikelytochangemuchinthenearfuture.SaysRonIfwetrysomethingnewourcustomersstillseemtowanttheold.Oursteaksareverypopularandpeopleloveourporkchopsandourribs.Theylikeourshrimpandweservealotofsh.WehavespaghettionTuesdayWednesdayandThursdaynightsandthatgoesprettywell.OurfriedchickenalongwithourChickenGeorgeeverybodyseemstoreallyenjoythat.MarlaaddsWetrytotakesomethingoffthemenuandwegetsuchanuprising.WhatThatsourfavoritethingtheyllsay.Orwellthinkaboutpullingsomethingoffthemenuandthenrealizethatdishisso-and-sosfavoriteandwecantdothattothem.ThecustomershavecometodeeplyappreciateVillageCourtyardslevelofserviceandlikewisetheAndersonsdeeplyrespectandappreciatetheircustomers.SaysKirkWehaveaverystrongfollowingofregulars.Wehavewholefamiliesthatcomeinandwhenamemberofthefamilypassesawayitslikelosingoneofourownfamilymembers.TheAndersonslovehelpingtheirrestaurantfamiliesenjoythemselves.WehavebanquetssometimessaysMarlaAndmaybeitsarehearsaldinnerananniversarysomebodysspecialbirthday.Sopeopleareinagoodmoodandthatscontagious.Thisistheirspecialtimeandwereallywanttohelpthemhaveagoodevening.SoeverytimewehaveapartyIfeellikeGearupmanbecausethisisagoodnightforthesepeopleAlthoughtheynowsharethetaskofrunningtherestaurantandtheydosowithapparentgraceandgoodhumortheAndersonsiblingssaytheyrenotdifferentfromotherbrothersandsisters.WehadourtimessaysKirk.IcanrememberwhenIwasquiteabityoungerbeingputinabasketwithafor-salesignoutinthemiddleoftheroad. 19SUCCESS19Ronlaughs.TherewerealotofthingsthatJoanandIneverknewabout.IdorecalloneofthekidsputtingacatinthefreezerathomenottherestaurantWecamehomewonderingwherethecatwasandMarlawentdownandopenedthefreezerdooranditjumpedout.Thewholefamilyagreesthoughthatitishardworkrunningarestaurant.TheAndersonscanremembertwooccasionsinthepast30yearswhentheVillageCourtyardwasopenandnoneofthefamilywasthere.NotesMarlaWehadnoideawhatweweregettinginto.Youhavetobewillingtodoanythingcleanthetoiletwashthewindowscleanthegreasetrapxtheroof.Allofit.Joansaysthatinspiteofthehardworktherestauranthasbeenrewarding.Istillenjoyit.Iguessthepeoplearemyfavoritebecausethepeoplewhocomeinherearefriends.Thesentimentisapparentlyreturned.KirkKyleandMarlaallsaythatwhentheirmomanddadareawaythecustomersnotice.SaysKirkIwasawayfortwoweeksonceandIdontthinkanybodyevenknewIwasgoneButwhenMomandDadaregoneeveryoneasksWhereareyourparentsPeoplecomeintothebarjustasmuchtotalktoDadastheydotoeat.ThefamilydoesntknowyetifamemberofthenextgenerationofAndersonswillonedaywanttotakeovertherestaurant.Sofartheysaynoonehasexpressedinterestbuttheyhaventgivenuphope.Theyallagreethatitistheirfamilyscommitmenttothebusinessthathasallowedittoprosper.SaysKirkFamilyworkingheremakesalotofdifference.ButfornowtheVillageCourtyardRestaurantisplanningtocontinueservinguphomemadepiesrealmashedpotatoesandofcourseChickenGeorge.FortheAndersonstherestaurantismorethanabusinessitsfamilyfriendsanddoingeverythingpossibletomakesurethattheircustomershaveamemorableeveningout.NotesMarlaYouvegottoconcentrateonthepeopleandyouvegottohavegoodfoodandtherestjusthappens.WeallhaveaccountswithResourceBank.EvenbeforetheyopenedtheirnewbranchwewerebankingwiththeminHinckleybutitsgreathavingthenewbranchrightdowntheroad.AllthepeopleatResourcearesweetascanbe.Weknowthemall.RonAnderson 20DESTINATION20ThreefamilygenerationsworkatJonamacOrchard.SeatedinthechairfromlefttorightareMaxMaryLynnJerryandJakeMcArtor.LeftofthechairisDeniceandKevinMcArtorandontherightisMikeandJennaSpychal. 21DESTINATION21JonamacOrchardhaditshumblebeginningsin1974whenJerryMcArtorplanted125appletreesonhislotinMalta.Thestorybeganlonglongbeforethoserstfewtreeshowever.JerrygrewupinMaltaandspentsummersonhisunclesfarm.ItelleveryoneIgotdirtunderneathmyngernailswhenIwasakidandIvenevergottenridofitWhatbeganasahobbyhasgrownintoathrivingfamilybusiness.AtlastcountJonamachadclosetotenthousandappletreeson105acreswithplanstoplantanothertwothousand.AndJerryandMaryLynnhavenowbeenjoinedbytwomoregenerations.TheirsonKevinwithhiswifeDeniceandtheirboysMaxandJakeliveandworkattheorchard.JennatheMcArtorsgranddaughterandMikeSpychalherhusbandarealsowalkinginthefamilyfootsteps.In1976JerryandMaryLynnboughtsomelandandbuiltahousenorthofMaltawheretheyplanted500moreappletreesandbegantheearlystagesofanorchard.Inadditiontosellingapplestheyboughtaciderpressandbeganproducingandsellingcider.In1984anacquaintanceofJerrysStanJohnsoncalledhimandaskedifhewouldliketopurchasehisownsmallorchardonShabbonaRoad.JerryandMaryLynnsaidyes.IwasincollegeatthetimesaysKevinAndIhadnoideawhatDadwasgettinginto.Ithoughthewascrazy.TheMcArtorsnamedtheorchardJonamacthenameofanapplebutalsoacombinationofthenamesJohnsonandMcArtor.Jonamacgrewquickly.IplantedsixseveneighthundredtreesayearsaysJerry.Ijustkeptplanting.IntheearlyninetiesKevinandDenicemovedtheiryoungfamilybacktoMaltafromHinckleytohelpKevinsparentswiththeorchard.FortheirnieceJennawholosthermotherwhenshewasonlyeighteenmonthsoldthedecisiontocomeworkattheorchardhasbeenamoregradualbutnaturalone.IvealwaysbeenreallyclosetomygrandparentssaysJenna.IwouldcomeuphereeverysummerofmychildhoodandeveryotherchanceIcouldgetbecauseitfeltlikehometome.Eachmemberofthefamilyhasfoundhisorherniche.SaysMikeThereareenoughavenuesheresothateverybodygetstheirownjob.Everybodygetstodowhattheyliketodoandwerenotalwayssteppingovereachother.Jennawhoisnowapprenticingwithhergrandfathertotakeoverthehorticulturalsideofthebusinesslovedgrowingupinanorchard.GrandmaandIhandplantedthepumpkinpatchafewtimeswhenIwaslittle.WhenMaxandJakewerealittlebiggerwewouldplayinthetreesandridefour-wheelers.Itsawesomeherewhenyoureakid.Thegreaterpartofowninganorchardisnotallfunandgameshowever.Lastyearsfreakweatherkeptthefamilybusytryingtosavetheirtrees.LastyearwehadapoorcropprobablylessthanathirdofnormalexplainsKevin.ItwaslikewinterendedinJanuaryanditstartedgettingwarmer.ThenitwasMarchandweevenhadoneninety-degreeday.TheMcArtorswatchedworriedlyastheirapplesstartedtobloommuchearlierthanusual.TheyknewthattheMidweststypicallyblusteryAprilwouldeventuallysetin.WhenallofthisweatherstartedunfoldingsaysKevinDadstartedtalkingaboutputtinginafrostfan.Itsliterallyathirty-foottowerwithasixteen-footpropelleronitanditspitchedslightlydownward.ThepurposeofthefanKevinexplainsistodrawdownthewarmairandkeepthecoolairfromsettling.Jerryhadtheideaoflightingsmallcontrolledresintheorchardincombinationwithusingthefan.Thefamilyspentvenightsthatspringcarefullylightingresandwatchingthermometerstheyhadstrategicallyplacedamongthetreesandtheymanagedtosaveatleastaportionoftheircrop.The2012Midwestdroughtalsohadanimpactontheapplecrop.HoweverJerryhadbeenresearchingadripirrigationsystemforyearsandinearlyJune2012movedaheadwithinstallation.ThatreallymadeadifferenceinkeepingourcropandtreeshealthythroughthedryconditionssaysKevin. 22DESTINATION22ThepettingzooisafavoriteofthechildrenwhovisitJonamacOrchard.Theresultofsuchhardworkanddedicationovertheyearshaspaidoff.TodayJonamacisafavoritefallgetawayforyoungandoldalike.OurrstdaythisseasonisWednesdayAugust21saysKevin.Ourstoreopensthen.AllofouroutsideactivitiesstartLaborDayweekend.Sothatswhenthecornmazeisopenallofourbarnyardactivitiesourapplelauncherandtheapplecannon.Thestoreincludessuchhomemadegoodiesaspiesciderdoughnutsciderslushiesapplebuttermadefromanoldfamilyrecipeandfreshfudge.Otheroutdooractivitiesincludethepettingzoothecornmazethejumpingpillowatrampoline-likedevicethatcanhold25peopleandthecornbinagrainbinthatcontainstwofeetofloose-shelledcorn.ItalwayssurprisesmesaysJennaButpeopletellmethattheirkidsfavoritethingtoplayinatJonamacisthecornbin.Theorchardsbiggestsellingpointwithvisitorshoweveristhatitisoneofthelargestyou-pickorchardsinthearea.SaysKevinPickyourownisreallyhugeforus.Itsthebigattractionanditswhatwefocuson.Peoplewanttocomeoutandseewheretheirapplesaregrown.Theywanttogopickthemwiththeirfamilies.TheorchardalsofeaturesapumpkinpatchwhichopensinOctober.AndtheresourpumpkincannonaddsJenna.Wecallitapumpkinhowitzer.ItslikethoseWorldWarIIartillerycannonsonlyforshootingpumpkinsOneofourboyshadaphysicsclassnotesKevinAndtheywerecalculatingthatthepumpkinswerepeakingatcloseto400feethighbeforesplatteringdownrange.Inadditiontotheusualmethodsofpumpkindestructionthisfalltheorchardwillhostaweekendtodestroyyourjack-o-lanternatJonamac.TheideaexplainsMikeistoextendJonamacsseasonforonemoreweekend.WeweretalkingaboutrentingagiantwoodchippersaysMikeYoucouldbringyourjack-o-lanternbackandoneofouremployeeswillthrowitintothewoodchipper.Wellhavebigsledgehammersthatpeoplecanuse.Ithinkweregoingtogetamonstertrucktogiveridesinthepumpkinpatchanddestroyalltheleftoverpumpkins.OthernewideasforthisfallincludecampresitesthatvisitorscanrentforthedayornightandalsoaChicagofoodweekendwhenvariousvendorsfromthecitywillcomeoutandsetupfoodstands.Oneoftheotherpopulardrawsattheorchardeveryyearisthecornmaze.TheMcArtorsaddedtheirrstcornmazein1999.ItwasbasicallyjustalittlepatchofcornsaysKevinAndwecutsomepathsthroughit.ThatwinterKevindiscoveredtheconceptofadesignetchedintoacorneld.NowDadplantstheeldsincrisscrosspatternsinthespringexplainsKevinCreatingagridthatourmappeddesigncorrespondsto.Wemarkitoutandremovethecornfromthedesign.Theboysareusuallyoffschoolbythattimesotheyspendtherstweekorsowalkingitmakingsurethepathsareniceandcleanthenweletitgrowup.AlmostassoonastheyhadcomeupwiththeideafordesigningthemazetheMcArtorsthoughtofmakingthemazehauntedusingspookswithchainsawsminusthechaintochasevisitorsaroundorjumpoutfromshadowycorners.Theconcepttheysayhasbeenwildlypopular. 23DESTINATION23www.jonamacorchard.comHomemadejamsandjelliesarealwaysavailable.JonamacscornmazeisopenandwillfeatureatributetotheLincolnHighwayCentennial.RichardKatzmadetheoriginalloantoustobuytheorchardbackin1984andworkedoutaspecialfinancingpackagethroughthestateofIllinoisforfarmers.WevealwaysbankedatFirstNationalBankofMaltawhichofcoursebecameResourceBanksowegobackaboutasfarasyoucangoasResourceBankcustomers.JerryMcArtorTheyhavealsocreatedandmaintainedthetraditionofdesigningeachyearsmazearoundalocalfeatureorevent.PeoplealwaysaskusWhatareyougoingtodoforadesignnextyearsaysKevin.Weusuallydontknowtoomuchinadvance.ItwaslastwinterNovemberprobablythatwecameupwiththeideaofdesigningthemazearoundthehundredthanniversaryoftheLincolnHighwaybecauseoftheseedlingmilethatsrightouthereinMalta.OvermanyyearsofhostingfallfuntheMcArtorshaveseentheirshareoffuntimesgoneslightlyawry.RemembersKevinOnenightsomekidsplayedaprankononeoftheirfriendsintheparkinglotwhiletheywerewaitingtogointothecornmaze.Onekidgotinthetrunktodosomethingchangehisclothesorsomethingandtheothersslammedthetrunkliddown.Thatkidhadtheonlysetofkeysinhispocketandhewastrappedinthetrunkofthecarforaboutanhouruntilthepolicecameandgothimout.AddsJennaIalwaysthinkitsfunnyanditsnotreallytothepeoplewhoithappenstobutwehavesomanypeoplewhogetoneofthoselittlecornkernelsstuckintheirnoseortheirearandGrandmathenursehastonagleitoutThentherewastheyearthatKevinplayedanAprilsFoolsjokeononeofhissons.KevingotlittleCheeriossaysMaryLynnAndsaidthatthiswasthedayforplantingdoughnutsWestillhavepicturesofituponourFacebookpage.StorieslikethesesuggestthattheMcArtorsenjoytheirorchardeverybitasmuchasthecommunitydoesandJonamachasonlygrowninboththenumberofitsappletreesandthevarietyofitsactivitiesovertheyears.AsatributetotheirhardworkandcreativityincludingtheLincolnHighwaycornmazetheMcArtorsarebeingrecognizedattheIllinoisStateFairthisyearfortheiroutstandingcontributionsintheareaofagri-tourism.ThankfullythethirdgenerationhaseveryintentionofcarryingonthefamilybusinesssoJonamacOrchardwillcontinuetobeyourfamilysfalltraditionforyearstocome. 24ARTIST24WalkintoAllisonJohnsonshomestudioandyouarelikelytoseeherseatedatherworkbenchtorchinhandcarefullymoldingaslimrodofglass.Shewearstintedsafetyglassestoprotecthereyesagainstthebrightnessofthetorchandlitteredaroundthedeskareotherglassrodsinavarietyofstunningcolors.Asthetorchburnshottertherodrstturnsadullcherryredthenorangeandthenabrightermorevividorange.ThatsaboutthetemperaturewheretheglasscanbemanipulatedAllisonexplains.Ifitgetshotteritgetsyelloworbrightyelloworstartsmovingtowhite.Thatswhentheglassisjustwaytoohotverydrippyanditcanevenboilalittlebit.Thenishedproductisabeadwhichsheaddstohercollectionofotherbeautifulbrightlycoloredintricatelydesignedcreations.ForAllisontheartistbehindBlissBeadsStudiothedesiretocreatebeautifulobjectswithherhandsbeganatanearlyage.Ivealwayslovedbeingcreativesheexplains.WhenIwasalittlegirlIwasalwaysinterestedinmakingthingsandmakingart.Iactuallytookajewelrydesignclassinhighschool.ThatswhenIdecidedIwantedtogofurtherinthiseld.ThedragonflyisafavoritemotifofAllisonsandherclients.www.BlissBeadStudio.com 25ARTIST25SoAllisoncametoNIUwheresheearnedherMastersinFineArtswithanemphasisinmetalsmithingandjewelrydesign.Duringhertimethereshehadtheopportunitytoworkonthetorchmakingglassbeads.Sheloveditandshehasbeencreatingtinymasterpieceseversince.Itssomuchfunshesays.Ilovethecolorsandtheuidityofthematerialandalsothespontaneityofthingshowthebeadsjustkindofhappen.Itshardtoreallyseewhatsgoingonsoafterthebeadscooloffitskindofasurprise.Creatingbeadsisnotachanceprocedurealthoughthereisanelementoftheunknown.TheresthiswholeprocessofndingglasscolorsthatworkwelltogethersaysAllisonthoughyoudontreallyknowwhatthosecolorsaregoingtobeuntilafteralotoftrialanderror.Itskindoflikeascienticstudy.Iminquisitive.Ireallyenjoyseeingtheresultsandthentryingagainandgettingnewresults.AlsointerestingtoAllisonisthelongrichhistoryofglassbead-making.SheexplainsIthinkbluebeadswereparticularlyinterestingbackintheday.AndgreenbeadsIwasreadingabouttheSpaniardswhocametoSouthAmericaandwantedland.Theytradedgreenglassbeadswithsomeoftheindigenouspeople.Thesepeoplewereenamoredwithgreenglassbeadsandtheytreasuredthemenoughtotradegoldtogetthem.TheglassthatAllisonusesisimportedfromItalyacountryknownforitsglassbead-makinghistory.Shehasalsodonequiteabitofworkintherichtraditionofcloisonnenamelwhichisglasslaidintometalpatterns.Allisonsaysthatthetypicaldayinherstudioisorganizedaroundlists.Ivestartedwritingliststohelpmestayontrackandfocussheadmits.OftenIllhaveanideabutifIdontwriteitdownIllforgetaboutit.SorightnowIhavearemindertocreateredstripedbeads.IjustdecidedthatIneededsomeandIalsoneedsomeredstriped-beadnecklaces.Imalsogoingtomakesomeoftheseblueonesherebecausetheykeepselling.IvebeenattheRockfordCityMarketonFridaysallsummerandIwanttohavesomemoreofthosebyFriday.Hercreativeprocessshesaysisamixofnewideasandtried-and-truemethods.IspendmytimemakingthethingsthatneedtobemadeandalsocreatingnewthingsbutIusuallyhaveanagendathatImgoingtofollow.IstartdoingonethingandthenIgetanotherideathatmightbegreat.MaybeIdonthavetimetotryitrightthensoIaddittomylistfornexttime.Shesaysthatsheletsboththemarketandherowncreativitydriveherwork.IfitsearlysummerandspringIwanttoworkinturquoiseandgreenandIlovethecolorsandthefluidityofthematerial.Colorrevealstheperfecttemperatureforshapingtheglass. 26GIVINGARTIST26pink.Insummermostofuswanttowearsomethingbrightandweweartheredsanddeepercolorswhenitgetscolder.AroundValentinesDayImdefnitelygoingtomakesomeheartsInadditiontoavarietyofcolorsAllisonsbeadsoftenfeaturesmalldesignsordrawings.Herwhimsicaldragonydesignshavebeenverypopularthissummer.Latelyshehasalsomadebeadswithsmallhoneybeedesigns.Thesebeesareinterestingshesaysbecausewerehavingsomanyproblemswiththehoneybeepopulationdwindlingpresumablybecauseofpesticides.Somaybethesearelittletotemsthatkeepthehoneybeeinmind.Allisonsaysitisnotuncommonforhertocollaboratewithherclientsorotherartiststocreateexactlythepiecethattheyneed.Oneofmyclientsdoesntmakebeadsbutshemakesjewelry.Shellhaveacertainthinginmindandshewillcomeinandtalktomeaboutitandwellgothroughthetrialanderrorprocessuntilwehitthenailontheheadandshessatisfed.Imhelpingfacilitateotherpeoplescreativitysheadds.PeoplecanpurchasethesebeadsandcomeupwiththeirownjewelrydesignsandIlovethat.OneaspectthatreallydrawsAllisontoherworkisitsintimatenature.IvedonesomemetalsculpturesandIvehadsomeexperiencewithglass-blowingbuttheressomethingaboutbeads.Icandoitbymyselfanditdoesnttakethousandsofdollarsworthofequipment.Itsmycreativeoutlet.AllisonusedtohaveastorefrontindowntownDeKalbbutshenowoperatesoutofherhomeandatavarietyofartfairsandshowsthroughoutthearea.Shealsosellsviaherwebsitewww.blissbeadstudio.comandisveryinvolvedwithopeningahandmadejewelryandaccessoryboutiqueinsideGliddenFloristonLincolnHighway.IntheshopinsideGliddentheycarryalotofitemsmaderighthereintheDeKalbareaandwereexpandingtootherlinesoffairtradeitemsfromothercountries.Thisboutiqueisforpeoplewhowanttobuygiftswithmeaninginsteadofmass-produceditems.Thebuyercanbemoretiedtothecreator.AndjustascustomersenjoybuyingahandmadepieceofartdirectlyfromherAllisonenjoysinteractingwithhercustomers.SomethingIvefoundinterestingshesaysisthatthisworkmakespeoplehappy.SomeonewillcometotheRockfordCityMarketandtheywilltrysomethingonandIcanseethattheyrehappy.Ilovethat.BeadsarethebuildingblocksofeverythingfromringstonecklacessomeconstructedbyAllisonotherscreatedbyclients. 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